The inaugural PVDFest conference of ideas devoted to the craft and culture of the city’s maker communities will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Aurora Providence located at 276 Westminster Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Register here to join us!

Connect with community members, artists, and makers from different backgrounds. Engage with a panel of artists, makers, and thought leaders as we open a dialogue about the historical and contemporary relationship between makers and their communities.

Learn from national thought leaders. Keynote speaker Dorothy Jones-Davis is the Executive Director of Nation of Makers, a nonprofit whose mission is to support America’s maker organizations through advocacy, resource sharing, and the building of community within the maker movement and beyond. Dorothy also is the co-founder and co-producer of the National Maker Faire and the DC Mini Maker Faire, and a contributor to the #MakerMap project. Dorothy is deeply interested in creating connections between a diversity of makers, enabling them to use their collective skills to harness solutions for the world’s challenges–grand and small.

Explore what it means to “make” Conference participants will take up the larger question of what it means to make as individual artists, designers, and craftspeople, and how the thought patterns of making inform the ways in which citizens make their communities. What responsibilities do makers have to their civic cultures? What is a municipality’s role in nurturing and fostering a creative communal space? Be a part of a forward-thinking conversation between AS220 Artistic Director and performance artist Shey Rivera, and Matthew Manos, an award-winning design strategist, social entrepreneur, and educator.

Challenge preconceived notions. Raise the important questions. Bring new ideas to the fore. This conference is committed to introducing new voices, engaging with diverse perspectives, and finding innovative and pragmatic solutions to the challenges we face in Rhode Island. Bring your own questions about making and community to the open mic!

Nourish the mind and body. Local Providence food trucks that will be parked along Grant’s Block during lunch and the PVDFest Community Table kicks off at 5pm in Kennedy Plaza.

Who should attend? Makers, artists, designers, scholars, entrepreneurs and those interested in learning more about some of the city’s leading maker spaces, artist studios, and creative hubs.

$45 Regular Rate | $30 Artists, Designers, Students, Nonprofit Rate


Schedule of events

Pre-conference Event

DESIGNxRI PVDFest Clambake and Networking Social Wednesday, May 31, 5:30PM (DOORS), 6:00PM – 7:30PM (PROGRAM), Aurora

Clambake is a gathering for designers, creatives, and those who like design and want to know more. Kick of PVDFest by hearing about some cool new design work that is happening in RI. Speakers include Kyla Coburn (Kyla Coburn Designs), BJ Dupre (The Armory Revival Company), and Ermino Pinque (Big Nazo Lab).

Making A Lively Experiment Conference

Thursday, June 1, 8:30AM-4:45PM, Aurora

8:30AM           Registration and Coffee

9:00AM           Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30AM           Panel on Making and Community with Brian Jepson (Mini Maker Faire), Howie Sneider (Steel Yard), Dr. Morgan Grefe (RI Historical Society), DS Kinsel (BOOM Concepts), moderated by Christina Bevilacqua (Trinity Rep)

11:00AM         Sierra Barter, The Lady Project

11:30AM         Mayor Jorge Elorza, City of Providence

12:00PM          Lunch Break on Grant’s Block (attendees are responsible for the cost of their own food)

1:00PM            Facilitated One-On-One Conversations, featuring Shey Rivera (AS220) and Matthew Manos (verynice)

2:30PM            Keynote Address with Dorothy Jones-Davis (Executive Director of Nation of Makers), introduction by Kipp Bradford (Practico)

3:30PM            Open Mic

5:00PM            Join us for the Community Table

8:00PM            Dance party at The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue (included in conference fee)

Friday, June 2, 2017, 10AM-1PM Conference attendees will meet at Aurora.

10am-1pm      A Tour of Providence’s Arts & Innovation District: the Woonasquatucket River Corridor

The Woonasquatucket River Corridor is a NEW innovation district unique to Providence and the world. The Corridor spans two neighborhoods: the Valley and Olneyville. This historically industrial district of Providence is home to artists working with materials as contrasting as food and steel, and techniques as different fire and digital design. Investments from arts and community organizations, design and light manufacturing businesses, and residential and commercial real estate developers reflect the unique uses and character of these culturally rich Corridor neighborhoods.

Guided tour will make stops to tour four cultural anchors: WaterFire Art Center, the Steel Yard, Yellow Peril and the Dirt Palace. Celebrity guides include Bonnie Nickerson (City of Providence Director of Planning), Howie Sneider (Executive Director, The Steel Yard) and Barnaby Evans (Artist/Artistic Director, WaterFire Providence). Lunch at La Lupita (1950 Westminster Street) in Olneyville Square (conference attendees are responsible for the cost of their own lunch).

PVDFest          Schedule of events available at PVDFest programming will continue through Sunday, June 4 — we hope you will stay!

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